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Marine & Life Sciences

Fast facts

  • Largest marine and environmental sciences community in the Southeast
  • 75% of downtown marine science employees hold advanced degrees
  • One of the “Top 20” in the nation for biotech (BioSpace, 2015)
  • Marine sciences provide a total impact of $251 million in gross county product
  • All Children’s Hospital is the 1st U.S. hospital to be affiliated with Johns Hopkins Health Systems outside of the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area
  • 225,000 SF Johns Hopkins research facility to be completed in 2018

Marine and life sciences joins together the city’s historical presence of top-tier healthcare services with the largest marine and environmental sciences community in the Southeast. Between the two niches, over 2,100 individuals are employed in the marine and life sciences. St. Petersburg offers many advantages for marine and life science institutions. The city’s Tampa Bay location with convenient access to the Gulf of Mexico attracts many leading state and national organizations including NOAA and SRI. Moving westward from the bay and just south of the city center, the St. Pete Innovation District joins the marine science community with prominent academic and healthcare facilities including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Health, and the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

Within the marine and life sciences cluster, St. Petersburg supports numerous research and subsector specializations including diagnostics and imaging, as well as mapping and surveying. Projections show that both the marine and life science components of this sector will experience future growth, which the St. Pete Innovation District aims to capture and facilitate. Numerous educational resources, such as those at the University of South Florida, provide marine and life science institutions with a steady source of talent.

In recent years, the number of health and biological sciences degrees granted locally has increased. St. Petersburg’s life sciences subsectors maintain a faster growth rate than the national average. In the future, there is an opportunity to capitalize on the synergy between the marine science and life science niches with more integrated research and improvements in technology transfer.

Key institutions

Marine Sciences

  • USF College of Marine Science
  • SRI St. Petersburg
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. (NOAA)
  • Florida Inst. of Oceanography
  • U.S. Geological Survey Coastal & Marine Sciences Center
  • St. Petersburg Ocean Team (SPOT)

Life Sciences

  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Bayfront Health
  • St. Anthony's Hospital
  • Informed DNA
  • Cognitive Research Corp.
  • Children's Research Group
  • TAO Connect

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